Wigston Drug Den Closed Down
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have been granted a closure order under Section 80 of the AntiSocial Behaviour Crime and Police Act 2014, closing a property in Wigston.
Magistrates sitting at Leicester on Friday, 7 June 2019 heard that the occupier of the house, a Waterloo Housing Association Property, is currently being investigated for issues that have been ongoing for some time, at least 3 years.
This includes noise nuisance from shouting and swearing, rubbish and detritus being left in the rear garden, bonfires that involved burning of household rubbish toxic waste and gas canisters, a constant stream of visitors to the premises and the open use and dealing of drugs. This consists of drug use, with a cannabis factory being discovered at the premises on 28 March 2019.
As a result of the setting up of the cannabis factory there was in excess of £2,000 of damage. The court heard about the impact this behaviour was having on residents of the street and how they have suffered harassment, alarm and distress on a continual basis for a number of years fearing repercussions if they did complain.
The order excludes all persons from the property for a period of 3 months commencing 7 June 2019.
The Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, Thomas Maccabe said, “Residents should be able to live in clean, safe communities, free from the fear and nuisance caused by drug dealing and other crime associated with anti-social behaviour. Obtaining this order sends out a clear message to residents of the Borough that the Police, Council and Housing Associations will continue to work together and robustly deal with anti-social behaviour wherever it occurs”.